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For the proposed Nagpur Mumbai High-Speed Railway, the Railways Board is weighing the option of a Samruddhi Corridor alignment, whose DPR is being made by the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited.
The project is facing some issues including the land acquisition for the proposed high-speed rail track, as per the senior railway officer. “It will be too quick to comment on how the HSR would move through the Mumbai – Nashik – Nagpur route. There is a Greenfield project in one of the proposals being weighed.
The lands prepared with the Samruddhi Corridor cannot be ruled out,” declared the officer. The state-owned National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited that is also looking after the construction work of the Mumbai–Ahmedabad HSR service, commonly denoted as the bullet train, has been assigned the responsibility of preparing the DPR and the exercise is possible to take about a year’s around time.
Further, the officer pointed out that a survey will be 1st carried out to settle the best route among the 2 cities. “Since this would be a high-speed corridor, where trains will run with speeds exceeding Two-hundred kmph, the existing alignment is of no use. That can best serve semi-high speed trains running in speeds in the range of 150 kmph-180 kmph. Hence we have to go for new alignments,” the officer responded.
The officer told that the Samruddhi Expressway can play a guiding role in the new high-speed rail track. Land acquisition is the largest hurdle, and in some specific fields due to the ongoing govt works, there is hardly some space left to be obtained.
“In such cases, the Samruddhi Mahamarg has all the features needed to run the HSR by it. If that was done, the land acquisition cost could be slashed down drastically, but that is just a possibility,” the officer replied.
The officer also hinted that at places where there is a little scope for getting the land alignment can be in proximity of the Samruddhi Expressway, whose median is 15 m wide sufficient for the train to run through. At other times the alignment can take its course.
This article first appeared on www.metrorailnews.in
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